Hit/Miss: Evolving Narratives and the Semiotics of the Blockbuster

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The high-budget, visual-effects-laden Hollywood blockbuster film is among the most popular entertainments of the modern era. While viewing practices continue to change and evolve, the major studios still push out some twenty or thirty films each year with budgets exceeding US$10 million. The blockbuster film is often pushed to the boundaries of film studies as populist escapism. This paper seeks to position the blockbuster film as the ideal indicator of cinematic trends, demonstrating that these films are changing the very nature of narrative. Continue reading “Hit/Miss: Evolving Narratives and the Semiotics of the Blockbuster”